Autism Assessments (3 Years to Adult)

Currently in the UK, there isn’t just one standard way for an assessment to be carried out. Our professionally accredited assessor willuse the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R) techniques, both of which are nationally recognised assessments.

ADOS-2is aprotocol that consists of a series of structured and semi-structured tasks involving interaction between the examiner and the subject. The examiner observes and identifies segments of the subject's behavior and assigns these to predetermined observational categories. The observations are categorised to produce quantitative scores that will allow the potential diagnosis of autism or relatedautism spectrumdisorders, allowing a standardized assessment of autistic symptoms. ADI-R is a complimentary technique, and comprises a structured interview conducted with the parents of the referred individual and covers the subject's full developmental history.

There are special tests required for autism diagnosis for individuals who areblind,deaf, or otherwise seriously impaired by sensory or motor disorders, such ascerebral palsyormuscular dystrophy. We are unable to undertake testing for such individuals at this time.

Cognitive Assessment

This is a formal assessment of a child’s abilities and skills such as verbal and non-verbal skills, memory and speed of processingby professional observation of the child doing a number of different tasks. These tasks will include puzzles, answering a series of questions and/or remembering certain things.

3 Counties Counselling & Autism Assessment 2018